The hot water heater in our townhouse started dripping last night so I turned off the main water shutoff valve and we started to mop up the little water that leaked into our laundry room. I called the company which is to go unmentioned that we have a service contract with. I explained to them the situation and told me someone would be out today between noon and 4 which they came..3:58
The gentleman looked at the unit and said it would have to be replaced. He said a subcontractor handles the replacements and his company just handles repairs, part etc. He called the subcontractor and gave him the details of the water heater. He then go off the phone and told me how much it would cost.
I was under the impression that it was covered for replacement also which I remember the woman telling me over the phone because at the time I was a first time home buyer and nervous about the water heater going and how much it would cost me. In any event when I called customer service they told me just repairs and parts are covered not a replacement of the water heater.
So I paid for the new one which wasn't a bad price with installation because while I was waiting for the contractor to show up I checked out prices online along with some shaving sites.... Shows where my head is.
They did an excellent job removing the old one, installing the new one and being careful because we had some new flooring put down. Tips were given to the 2 gentleman along with sodas for their job well done.
An hour or so later Im out picking up some groceries and the SWMBO calls me telling me now the water is too hot. Married guys know what Im talking about .
When I arrived back home to check out the settings they left the pilot light on it was way up to " very hot " which this unit has a setting for. The manual shows " very hot " as 160 F......
So I lowered it down between low and high. How do you guys set your water heater when you are home? I did some reading online before and they have settings like " vacation " which I never knew. I figured just lower it a bit while you're away is fine. Any input would be appreciated.